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Weekly Recap - New Case, New Apps and Great Sales!

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There's never a shortage of Apple-related headlines these days! Here's a brief look at a few stories that have caught my attention and which I wanted to share with all of you!

 

Don't let the water stop you!

 

 



Apple vs. Google: Who Will Become King of the Hill?

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Last week Apple announced that it would be terminating its agreement to use Google Maps as the default location service for iOS. Instead, Apple is developing its own in-house application that will become standard starting this fall.

Why the change?  The mobile location service arena is the new battleground front...and it's about to get messy.



Rumor: GM to offer "Siri Eyes Free" in their Sonic and Spark

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One of the most interesting features of iOS 6 is Siri Eyes Free. Automakers will put a button on the steering wheel of some models that will let you use Siri without touching or looking at your iPhone. If your phone is connected, you can simply touch the button on the steering wheel to talk to Siri and do a wide range of functions such as make a call, get directions, play music, access your calender, listen to and send text messages, and more. Your phone doesn't even turn on, so you won't be tempted to look at it.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 6-18

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway. We have selected the winners of this Giveaway. We gave away 25 apps!



FCC Calls For Re-Examination Of Cell Phone Radiation Emissions. [Breaking News]

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We all take calculated risks. The adrenaline junkie takes a calculated risk when he or she BASE jumps or gracefully crosses a slackline high above the ground. The alcoholic or heroin junkie take calculated risks, namely that they won't die from liver cirrhosis or an inadvertent overdose. The junk-food junkie takes calculated risks with their diet, hoping that the genetically modified and highly processed foods don't catch up with them too soon.



5-minute video clip shows best new features of iOS 6

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I’ve already posted a number of times about new features in iOS 6, but wanted to point you to CNET's useful short summary of some of the new features that give you insight into the next iPhone: Passbook, Facetime of the cell phone data network, Siri, turn-by-turn navigation, and Maps. But even better, CNET includes a 5-minute clip of Scott Forstall’s presentation that gets at the heart of iOS 6. Well worth watching.



Summer Travel Series: Great Gear And Apps For The Season!

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Greetings my fellow travelers and adventures and welcome once again to my Summer Travel special series here at iPhone Life. In this installment I'd like to share with you one of my favorite apps for on the road and on the go adventures.

 



Max Power Adventures App Review

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Max Power Adventures is another role-playing game, but with a humorous twist.  Since there are so many different RPG's available, it only makes sense to develop a parody to mock them all.  For those that are sincerely into gaming, you may get a kick out of this one. 

The controls are pretty basic as well as the concept of the game.  The developers take in great detail to explain every little thing including the rules and storyline.  Yes, you will be saving a princess, but the superhero Max is more excited about the combat than his prize.  After all, there doesn't seem to be much hiring of superheroes occurring during the depression. 



Review: Mystery Lighthouse by Digi-chain Games

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Being a computer geek in the 80s, I spent much of my mid-childhood engulfed in the world of adventure games.  Sure such things exist today (if you look beyond the fact that many publications call anything they don’t know what to classify as an adventure), but back then there were companies that were actually known and praised for such fare.  Mystery Lighthouse pays homage to such games, and it actually does it quite well.  This is a far cry from Digi-Chain’s previous effort, Dungeon of the Damned, and in my opinion a much better game.



Why Apple should implement 2-factor authentication!

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Source: Google

If you are a Google user, you can make it much more difficult for an attacker to hijack your account by configuring and using 2-factor authentication now available (go here to learn more about this important feature). 2-factor authentication is a security validation process requiring you to present independent proof of identity before you can access an online resource--in this case, your GMail account. The idea is to better protect your account from intrusion by making the sign-in process in some way verifiably unique to your session. Read on to learn more about Google's very smart (providing an authenticator app for iOS) move to help users protect their accounts, and why Apple needs to quickly follow suit!



Everything iPhone - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

The iPhone has become a benchmark for all other smartphones to compete with.  Reviews on the cases, accessories, apps, wallpapers and more are located below.  Here are a couple of Articles that showcase what we have to offer.  For eaxample, iPhone 4S by Alex Cequea (iPhone Life Magazine Editor in Chief).

In that article, Alex says that the iPhone 4S has the exact same physical form factor as the iPhone 4. However, the insides are a whole different story, and Apple tried to make that very clear. The most notable improvements are the 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, the A5 dual-core processor (same as the iPad 2), and an improved battery life (8 hours of 3G talk time, 200 hours of standby). As far as the capabilities, the new Siri Assistant feature was the highlight of the show. The Siri Assistant recognizes natural language and can answer questions such as, "What's the temperature out today?" Combined with the phone's GPS, you can say something like, "Remind me to call my wife when I get to work." The Assistant will not only know who your "wife" is, it'll also know where "work" is and pop up a reminder to "call Marcy" when you get there."

Here's another great article, The Best iPhone 4 Cases. This article goes on to explain that like its iPhone predecessors, cases have become one of the most popular ways to accessorize your cell phone. Most cell phone consumers buy a case bundled with their new phone to protect it from day one. And who can blame them? Mobile devices have become hugely valuable and expensive items; you want to protect them the best way you can. There are literally hundreds of cases on the market. Let's examine the different options available on the market to help you choose the one that's right for you.


What to know how to create your own app?  "The first step in creating an app is to understand what you want to create and how you will measure its success. Make sure the idea is well vetted and there is a solid business case behind it. There are roughly 600 new apps submitted to Apple each day—what is going to differentiate your app from the thousands that are already available and being launched each week? Here are some questions you’ll want to ask when getting your app idea..."

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